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Beardly Customs FIRST commissioned build!!!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rick0link, Feb 21, 2013.


  1. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    This is my FIRST commissioned build.The bass will be a 5 string with a bubinga body, 5 piece neck thru wenge/bubinga neck, 24 frets, 37" scale length, Pau Ferro fretboard, Bartolini pickups and preamp, and Hipshot tuners.

    big slab o' bubinga
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    the belt sander does wonders
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    Barts!
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    Wenge for the neck laminates and Pau Ferro for the fretboard
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  2. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    some progress pics

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    until the bubinga for the neck arrives...
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  3. 49sfine

    49sfine

    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Can you give us some details about how you set up to slot your frets and also, what miter box is that? Thanks - subbed ...
     
  4. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    I use this website, http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/, and print out multi-page PDFs and put that on my fretboard. That miter box, its a nothing special box i got at Home Depot.
     
  5. 49sfine

    49sfine

    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks! I'll give it a visit. I thought I saw your layout sheet taped to the board itself - neet. I'm curious though, what are you using to insure consistent depth of each fret slot?
     
  6. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    For depth, i marked the saw so when the line gets to the top of the miter box, i stop.
     
  7. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    For depth, i marked the saw so when the line gets to the top of the miter box, i stop.
     
  8. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    For depth, i marked the saw so when the line gets to the top of the miter box, i stop.
     
  9. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
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  10. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    got the headstock glued on today
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  11. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    got the fretboard glued on today
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  12. Tdog

    Tdog

    May 18, 2004
    Holy Weight Watchers, Batman!........With Bubinga and Wenge, that "bad boy" is definately going to be a heavy weight contender.
     
  13. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Oh my god yes! This thing as is weighs a ton! It's future owner said weight is not a factor. His back is stronger than mine!!
     
  14. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    progress pics
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  15. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Philadelphia
    Man this thing looks sweet!
     
  16. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Thanks!!
     
  17. suraj

    suraj

    Oct 1, 2008
    Mumbai, India
    This is looking fantastic..!! that's gonna be one lucky first customer. And congratulations on your first commission :)
     
  18. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Thank you!! :)
     
  19. subscribing! looking nice!
     
  20. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
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    got the neck and fret work done today
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